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(a) YSS may develop and implement another planned permanent living arrangement for the child while simultaneously making active efforts to unite or reunite the child with his parent/guardian/caretaker. Such an alternative plan may include a family conferencing plan.

(b) When the child is 16 years of age or older and in a planned permanent living arrangement other than return home, adoption, legal guardianship, or placement with a fit and willing relative the court shall do all of the following:

(1) Ask the child about his or her desired permanency outcome.

(2) Make a judicial determination explaining why, as of the hearing date, another planned permanent living arrangement is the best permanency plan for the child.

(3) State for the record the compelling reason or reasons why it continues not to be in the best interest of the child to return home, be placed for adoption, be placed with a legal guardian, or be placed with a fit and willing relative. [Ord. 46A § 1602, adopted, 3/24/2016.]